smil·​ey | \ ˈsmī-lē How to pronounce smiley (audio) \

Definition of smiley

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: having a smile : smiling often smiley kids



Definition of smiley (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of smiley in a Sentence

Adjective She's a very smiley kid.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pandemic supply chain issues affecting the U.S. food supply meant the chicken, arranged in the form of smiley faces and other symbols, had to be replaced with a less kid-friendly alternative. Karen Ann Cullotta,, 2 Sep. 2021 Call the smiley-face mission a tumbleweed; call it a snowball. Leslie Barker, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Thanks to all those who have cared for him from Behavior Team members, to Animal Care and medical staff, this smiley boy absolutely loves and craves attention from humans. The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 The smiley dance routines Charli started posting from her bedroom and bathroom in 2019 coincided with the explosion of TikTok. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2021 And in the last several years, these more-than-cute symbols have diversified beyond smiley faces and hearts. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2018 When the smiley 7-year-old -- who grew up speaking Burmese -- gets several questions right in a row, they high-five through the screen. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 29 July 2021 Happier isn’t quite the right word for how the Finns compare with the rest of the world—the World Happiness Report is more about contentment than exuberant, smiley happiness. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 27 June 2021 In addition to Utica, fans also fell in love with your charm, but that sweet, smiley attitude actually became a recurring critique. Joey Nolfi,, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Black Screen of Death will include the same annoying smiley, the same error message that tells you Windows is collecting data, and the same QR code. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 July 2021 Her smiley, kooky Instagram feed seemed curated to radiate a sense of contentment from her California mansion. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 24 June 2021 The first snapshot featured an adorable Lindsay dressed in costume as Annie James from 1998's The Parent Trap, holding her smiley, then-toddler sibling in front of Big Ben in London. Jen Juneau,, 17 June 2021 The company has been experimenting with technology such as motion sensor cameras to develop a touchless version of the original smiley consoles, Mr. Levaniemi said, but declined to comment on when the product may be available. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 Studies of writing quality in student papers have shown that there has been no deterioration over the decades, and no, today’s college students don’t substitute smiley-faces and texting abbreviations for words and phrases. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, 30 Sep. 2014 There's a reason that children draw smiley faces on suns in their pictures. Allison Hope, CNN, 16 Mar. 2021 HappyOrNot believes a more practical solution lies in new terminals that let customers select a smiley without having to press down on a button or use another device. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 Across the nation, peace signs were as ubiquitous as today's smiley-face emojis. Bob Dyer,, 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of smiley


1848, in the meaning defined above


1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smiley


short for smiley face

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Dictionary Entries Near smiley

smile to oneself


smiley face

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23 Sep 2021

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“Smiley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of smiley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happy and cheerful : smiling a lot



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